Re: WARNING: Crypto software to be included into main Debian distribution
Anthony Towns <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm also not really sure why everyone wants to make this into such a big
> thing. Seriously: everyone putting their 2c in just isn't useful. It
> might be fun for you, but it's a nuisance and a waste of time for the
> people who're actually trying to get some work done. If you've got some
> $100 comments, then sure, we're all ears, but if you're just looking
> for some excuse to "contribute", and if you're not even trained in the
> subject, well don't. Write some code instead.
A substantial change is being made to the way Debian distributes its
software, and you're complaining that people are discussing it?
> To reiterate: at the moment, Debian is being crippled by the lack of
> integrated cryptography.
It does suck that Debian doesn't have integrated crypto. I never
claimed otherwise. I live in the US and I hate it. But that doesn't
change the fact that I can't export code to people and say, "Do
whatever you want with it." The law prevents me, and it prevents
> Since the entire point of US mirrors is to make Debian available to
> US citizens, and that this doesn't interfere at all with what non-US
> mirrors do, this isn't considered a problem.
If the software was only made available to US citizens, then there
would be no issue. However, how do you think that the non-US mirrors
get their copies?
> If you have anything worthwhile to add to this, then please, add
> it. If you're just personally offended by the prospect of obeying US
> law, well, that's fine, whatever. You're not a developer, and you're
> welcome to think whatever you want.
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to explicitly
attack me personally, rather than the arguments I give. People seem
incredibly uppity about this whole subject, including yourself,
Anthony. Probably because having a separate non-US does suck,
people want to fix it, and people don't care about bomb makers.
> Please don't waste everyone's time by trying to twist the social
> contract into an excuse to make Debian adopt your personal
> prejudices though.
I've never mentioned the social contract. I'm actually more concerned
with the various licenses that we distribute code under that don't
allow us to add additional use restrictions.